The researchers aimed at exploring the extent, nature and quality of the evidence implicating the role and utility of pet ownership for people living with a mental health condition. For the study, the study team systematically reviewed 17 international research papers, to identify the positive, negative and neutral impacts of pet ownership.
The research highlighted the intensiveness of connectivity people with companion animals reported and the multi-faceted ways in which pets contributed to the work associated with managing a mental health condition, particularly in times of crisis.
While pets can be true companions, your diet may also help in ensuring a healthy and positive mind. Foods may have a therapeutic effect on us and may help with common mental disorders. Here are foods that are suggested by Dr. Madhumita Ghosh, Consultant Psychologist, Hiranandani hospital Vashi-
Carbohydrates tend to increase serotonin, a brain chemical that has a calming effect on mind, which is why people crave for carbohydrate rich foods when they are under a lot of stress.
2. Healthy fats
Healthy fats, which may include omega-3 fatty acids become part of the membranes of brain cells and control various brain processes. Some of the foods that are known to be great sources of healthy fats include fish, nuts, soybeans, etc.
3. Mood buster sugars
If you are constantly experiencing stressful situations in life making you sad and lonely, eating chocolates may help elevate your mood. These delights tend to stimulate the production of endorphins, the chemicals that are harbingers of pleasure and happiness.
4. Colourful foods
Eating colourful foods plays a major role in boosting your mood. Add more colours to your salads or fruit- bowl- greens, reds and yellows and see your mood changing instantly. Phytochemicals and antioxidants present in these foods protect your brain from free radicals and help fight against mental disorders.